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We all know what it's like to feel stressed, but it's not easy to pin down exactly what stress means.
When we say things like "this is stressful" or "I'm stressed", we might be talking about:
It's overwhelming. Sometimes you can't see beyond the thick fog of stress.
There's no medical definition of stress, and health care professionals often disagree over whether stress is the cause of problems or the result of them. This can make it difficult for you to work out what causes your feelings of stress, or how to deal with them. But whatever your personal definition of stress is, it's likely that you can learn to manage your stress better by:
Being under pressure is a normal part of life. It can be a useful drive that helps you take action, feel more energised and get results. But if you often become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could start to be a problem for you. Stress isn't a psychiatric diagnosis, but it's closely linked to your mental health in two important ways:
To find out about how to cope with stress, download the PDF